FOXBORO (CBS) – New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman will officially miss the first four games of the 2018 football season, the NFL has confirmed.

Edelman’s appeal of his four-game suspension was denied Tuesday.

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Edelman stated his case against the NFL recently in a day-long appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

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He will miss the Patriots’ first four regular-season games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins.

Edelman reportedly hired attorney Alex Spiro, who has represented a handful of athletes in past appeals, to help in his fight.

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Edelman has maintained his innocence since news broke of his suspension back on June 7.